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Our Trustees and Members

Mike Hamlin - Chair of the Greenwood Academies Trust  

Mike was a senior member of staff at the Trust for 30 years having joined the Greenwood Dale School as Head of the English department.

Mike has extensive experience in education management. He is an author of a number of education related publications and is well read in all matters relating to educational developments world-wide.

David Shelton  

David was Vice-Chair of Governors at Jesse Boot Primary School in the mid 1980s and was a governor at Greenwood Dale School for approximately twenty one years, becoming Chairman during that time.

David worked for Boots for thirty three years and was Editor of the company’s staff magazine. More recently, he has been a partner and Editor of a small magazine distributed around the Trent Valley.

Kate Ransom  

Kate trained in London to teach Mathematics and Science. She taught first in Surrey and then in Leicestershire. Her last post was as Head of Mathematics at a Leicestershire Secondary School. Kate was a Governor of Greenwood Dale School for twelve years in the role of Vice Chair and Chair of Finance.

Trevor Frost  

Trevor has lived in the Sneinton/Carlton area all his life and his three children were all educated at Greenwood Dale School. His association with the school started as a pupil; he then joined the PTA in 1986 and later became a Parent Governor.

Trevor worked in the textile and clothing industry as a buyer. He now works with his daughter in her floristry business. He very much looks forward to serving on the Trustee board.

John Dunstan  

John has been in Financial and Retail management roles for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Retail at Interflora. He is a mathematics graduate and Qualified Chartered Accountant, bringing with him executive level experience of financial governance in small and large companies.

Educated in Nottingham at the Jesse Boot and Greenwood Dale predecessor schools, John has been involved with the school in various governor and Trustee roles for over fifteen years.

Sheila Passmore  

Sheila has had a long association with the local predecessor schools. In the past she has been a member of the Greenwood Dale PTA and the governing bodies of both Greenwood Dale School and Jesse Boot Primary School when her five children attended these schools.

Sheila currently works in the primary phase of the Nottingham Academy as a Teaching Assistant and lives locally.

Ann Belton  

Ann was born and educated in Nottingham and, having finished her teacher training, returned to Nottinghamshire to teach PE in 1976. She moved to Greenwood Dale School in January 1992 as a main scale teacher of geography. In 1994 she was promoted to Head of Year, a position she continues to hold in the Nottingham Academy.

Ann became a school governor in 1995 and served as a staff representative until the closure of the school in August 2009, when she was invited to take up a position as a Trustee on the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust.

Andrew Walker  

After graduating from the University of Leeds, Andy qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC. Since qualification he worked in finance and commercial roles for a number of companies including Experian and Rolls-Royce, where he spent ten years of his career. He is currently Finance Director of an engineering company based near Birmingham.

Andy is from Derby and, having graduated and qualified in Leeds, he returned to Derby where he now lives with his two young sons.

Edwina Grant  

Edwina Grant was a successful Director of Children’s Services from 2001 to 2014 working in a number of Councils. Her interest was in children’s services which were facing challenging agendas. Prior to that her background was in education services, having begun her professional life as a teacher.

She now works as an Independent consultant in children’s services and undertakes a range of contracts with public and private sector organisations.

She is currently the Lead Children’s Services adviser for the Local Government Association and Chair of the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Contracted through the Innovation unit she is a coach / adviser for the DFE Children’s Social Care Innovation Grant project.

She is a qualified coach and has a MA in Education and a MBA in Business Administration.

Tim Render  

Tim is the retired Finance Director of Nottingham City Council and now spends his time on a portfolio of voluntary and non- executive roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors, as well as undertaking some consultancy work.

He is a Trustee of Leicestershire Citizens Advice Bureau, and of Foodbank, Worklink and the Homeless Group (all in Hinckley); He is also Treasurer of his local Anglican church, a Governor of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College and Chair of the Midland Academies Trust, as well as being a Trustee of the Greenwood Academies Trust. He is a non-executive Director of Nottingham’s school building joint venture company.

Wayne Norrie - Chief Executive  

As Chief Executive, Wayne is responsible for the overall success of all Academies sponsored by the Trust.

Wayne was previously an Executive Principal at the Trust which involved him overseeing, quality assuring and supporting several of the Trust’s academies in Northamptonshire.

Since qualifying as a teacher in 1996, Wayne has gained extensive experience of supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

As well as having experience through his work as Headteacher of an inner city school, he also worked for the National Strategies, for a city Local Authority and as a Senior HMI for Ofsted.

Graham Feek - Deputy Chief Executive  

Graham is a qualified accountant who has held a number of senior positions within public sector organisations over the past twenty years. Before joining the Trust he was Director of Resources within the Children’s Services department of a major Local Authority.

His key responsibilities are:

  • Quality and standards of support structures.
  • Project management of new Academies, liaising with Local Authorities, and Partnerships for Schools.
  • Group finance and legals.
Prof Christine Hall  

Christine was Head of the School of Education at the University of Nottingham from 2008-2014 and Senate representative on the University’s governing Council from 2008-16. Originally a secondary school English teacher, she has been involved in teacher education and the professional development of teachers for over twenty years.

She was Head of Initial Teacher Education at the University for ten years and, during this time, was trained as an Ofsted inspector and led inspections as a Registered Inspector.

Christine was a local authority governor at Rushcliffe School and is currently one of two University representatives on the governing body of Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) and Nottingham University Samworth Academy Trust. She also sits on the Nottingham Potential Steering Group.

Nigel Hastings  

Nigel served on the GAT Board for several years and wished to re-join. He has enormous experience with our Trust and made a significant contribution to our Audit committee and in formulating many of the policies, standards and ideals on which our Trust is founded. He is a former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

Jane Spencer  

Jane is a Chartered Accountant and has worked at Experian for the last ten years in a range of financial management roles. She is currently Financial Controller for the UK and Ireland region. Prior to this she was an auditor at Deloitte. Jane also holds a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. She lives in Nottinghamshire and is mum to a toddler and step-mum to two teenagers.

Tim Guyler  

Tim is Nottingham-born and schooled. He has a BSc in Economics, an MSc in Health Studies and has held senior managerial positions in the NHS for 20 years across General Management and Corporate Operations. He was Programme Director for the set up and delivery of the Whole Hospital Change Programme at Nottingham University Hospitals and is currently Director of Improvement and Integration.

Mark Rutherford  

Mark joined Gateley Plc in 2004 as a Corporate Partner and became head of team in 2013. He is a leading corporate finance partner and heads the firm’s Corporate team in Nottingham. Mark specialises in corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, management buyouts and company disposal transactions.

Mark is one of the leading lawyers in his field in the East Midlands and has an extensive client base of owner managed or led businesses and larger companies including many with an international dimension. He has been nominated for the East Midlands 'Insider Dealmaker of the Year' Award three times in the last four years.


David was formerly a senior HMI with Ofsted.  In that role he had responsibility for managing the quality and impact of secondary school inspections in the East Midlands and led a team of schools HMI in delivering improvement work across the region.  For three years, David was Ofsted’s national adviser for ICT.  He wrote the influential 2009 report, ‘The Importance of ICT’, which initiated the subsequent review into the value of vocational qualifications and was the first to point out the absence of coding from the secondary curriculum.  Prior to joining Ofsted, David was the headteacher of a large comprehensive school in Derbyshire for five years where his leadership was judged to be outstanding. David was a member of the Kershaw investigation looking into the allegations made in the ‘Trojan Horse’ letter.

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